FIRST FRIENDS DONATE TODAY We provide compassion and hope through volunteer visitation, post-release assistance and advocacy for detained immigrants and asylum seekers. OF NEW JERSEY & NEW YORK BECOME A VISITOR ADVOCACY FOR ATTEND AN EVENT We hope to engage all volunteers and the rest of the public in our advocacy efforts under the name of First Friends. Help us spread the word about immigrant justice and the need to end mass detention. IMMIGRANTS & ASYLUM SEEKERS GET INVOLVED POST-RELEASE POST-RELEASE SUPPORT First Friends has grown in both professional staff and volunteers to meet the support and visitation needs of all five detention centers in New Jersey and begin piloting community-based post-release services for those leaving detention. COMMUNITY BASED ASSISTANCE VOLUNTEER TO HELP EVERY DONATION VOLUNTEER The work of First Friends is unique — no other immigrants rights organization has the mission to visit the numbers of detainees in as many facilities as we do. MAKES A DIFFERENCE MAKE A DONATION BE A SOURCE OF HOPE MAKE A DONATION GET INVOLVED

VOLUNTEER VISITATIONS

First Friends can provide your family member or friend in immigration detention with someone who can visit them on a regular basis.

POST-RELEASE ASSISTANCE

Detained friends are often released with little advanced warning, no preparation and no funds into a community they know nothing about.

IMMIGRANT ADVOCACY

We focus on humane treatment and the elimination of immigration detention via peaceful protests, information campaigns, and more.

BECOME A PEN PAL

If you can’t visit a detained friend in person at the detention centers, you can reduce their isolation by writing to them regularly.

OUR MISSION

First Friends of NJ and NY upholds the inherent dignity and humanity of detained immigrants and asylum seekers. We provide compassion and hope through volunteer visitation, resettlement assistance and advocacy.

WHO WE HELP

First Friends of NJ & NY serves immigrants and asylum seekers held in detention in the Elizabeth Detention Center, the Essex County Correctional Facility, the Bergen County Jail and the Hudson County Correction & Rehabilitation Center.

FIRST FRIENDS NEWS & EVENTS

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50165

AVERAGE DAILY DETAINEE POPULATION IN 2019

5350+

COVID POSITIVE FRIENDS IN DETENTION CENTERS

4700+

IMMIGRANT DETAINEES ENROLLED IN FIRST FRIENDS

3850+

TOTAL NUMBER OF DETAINED FRIENDS VISITED

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